Nominations are being accepted for the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence’s (AzCASE) Awards of Excellence, which recognize outstanding contributions of out-of-school time staff, programs and leaders statewide.
To this generation, Elaine Stritch is probably best known for playing Alec Baldwin’s overbearing mother on “30 Rock.” Before she was Colleen Donaghy, however, Stritch already had quite the résumé. In a showbiz career that’s now spanned roughly seven decades, she’s done it all, from movies, to television, to radio, to cabaret. Stritch cemented herself as a performing legend on the Broadway stage, starring in countless plays and finally winning a Tony for her one-woman show back in 2002.
African American male rappers have long endorsed products in commercials. Google “A Brief History of Rappers in Soda Commercials” and “20 Best Rap Commercials of All Time.” There’s nothing inherently problematic aesthetically, creatively, or politically about non-black rapping. I am curious about the television ads and viral YouTube videos that use hip-hop solely to entertain primarily through a comedic end. Such creations beg critical exploration.
Like a treasure hunter, Heather Ross, director of Knights at the Theatre (Arizona College Prep’s drama company), was on the hunt for a stand-out script, one that would surpass the usual high school plays — you know, “Grease,” “West Side Story,” “Footloose,” “Annie,” and the list goes on.
The East Valley’s own Desert Dance Theatre — founded in 1979 by four ASU Dance grads — presents The Genesis Dance Project this weekend. The live dance smorgasboard features emerging artists and professional companies, such as Movement Source Dance Co. (Saturday only), Step’s Junk Funk, and Yumi La Rosa Flamenco (Friday only), from all genres and styles of dance.
Arizona Theatre Company — the state’s premier professional theatre troupe — kicks off its 47th season with the romantic satire “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Oscar Wilde’s hilarious masterpiece takes audiences on a roller coaster ride of verbal banter, mistaken identities, and confused loved interests.
Before there was Katniss Everdeen, there was Maid Marian. Join Marian and Robin in Sherwood Forest in an adventurous, updated staging of “Robin Hood,” put on by Childsplay, Arizona’s award-winning professional theatre company for families.
Kristi Mabee graduated from Mountain Pointe in 2009. She then continued her education at Arizona State University and graduated in May with a degree in theatre arts. Her whole life she has loved family trips to Disneyland and dreamed of someday working for Disney. After a year of interviews and auditions she has been hired to work at Disneyworld in Florida, starting Aug. 12, as a character/actor. She is hoping to make this a career for at least three years.
Most 17-year-olds celebrating their birthday expect to receive cards with good wishes, and perhaps a few bucks tucked inside. However, Isabella Weems, who likes to be referred to as “Bella,” celebrated her 17th birthday by donating money to charities that were close to her heart, including the Ahwatukee Children’s Theater (ACT).
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play, staged by Arizona Theatre Company, follows up on the events of “A Raisin in the Sun,” adding new levels of intricacy to the discussion of race and real estate in America.